The emotional states experienced when navigating a series of locks

State 1: Over-confidence

“I have a boat-handling certificate, I have walked through the process in my mind so I’m clear on what I need to do, I have had a lovely breakfast, I am READY for these locks”


State 2: Euphoria

“Yee hah, the paddles are down, I’ve put my back into this gate and it is opening, I am ON FIRE, so hot I don’t even care that it’s raining”

I have the power!

I have the power!

State 3: Doubt

“Why isn’t this paddle working? Why is it taking so long to empty? Why can’t I open the gate? Am I doing something wrong? Am I going to fall off the gates to my death? Why is it still raining? Why is this happening to me? Please can I have a cup of tea and a jaffa cake?”


State 4: Petulance

“I don’t want to do this anymore, I don’t care that there are still 3 more locks to get through, I am cold and tired and my arms aren’t strong enough and I want to cry.”

eric petulance

State 5:  Anger

“This bloody lock isn’t going to beat me. I am not scared, I am ANGRY. I will do this, it will not kill me. I am NOT going to give up and make Tom do the rest of the locks, no way. Come on, move you &*^%$£$*&  gate. Ouch, my foot hurts, maybe I shouldn’t have kicked it.”


State 6: Triumph

“I have beaten them! We are through the locks! It’s time for lunch!”


State 7: Moralising

(Not really an emotional state, but hopefully you will let me off.)
I’m going to let the Master of Scriptwriting speak to this one…

Posted in Boat Handling, Life Aboard
3 comments on “The emotional states experienced when navigating a series of locks
  1. Kate says:

    I literally laughed out loud at this. Can just picture it…Keep em coming!!! xxxx

  2. nsoulsby says:

    Wind beneath my wings peoples – the Rocky clip made my morning! You’ll both be returning home with huge muscled arms, like walnuts in a sock…

  3. […] hail, more rain, thunder and more rain. We’d seen a lot of wildlife. I’d finally mastered the art of working locks and Tom could service an engine standing on his […]

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